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More proof that Romney supports job losses…

Mitt Romney supports Meg Whitman in the California gubernatorial race against Jerry Brown. Unfortunately for him it comes at a really bad time when he is trying to convince voters that he is a “job creator” –  something he has never really been.

From Stephen D. Foster, Jr. at AddictingInfo.org:

In an interview with the National Review published on Thursday, Mitt Romney said he wished Whitman were the Governor of California instead of Jerry Brown, whom Romney insisted was doing things wrong. Romney praised Whitman as an economic guru, telling the Review, “I wish Californians had elected Meg Whitman. She would have been more successful and explained to Californians the need to cut back on spending and eliminate unnecessary programs.”

Romney’s praise for Whitman couldn’t have come at more inopportune time, as The New York Times reported  on the same day that Whitman intends to eliminate 30,000 American jobs mostly through layoffs and forcing workers into early retirement. Even though Hewlett-Packard made a staggering $7.1 billion profit in 2011, Whitman is cutting these jobs in America while leaving Hewlett-Packard jobs intact in China and elsewhere.

If spending is eliminated on average workers who helped H.P. make a whopping profit this past year, then it is hard to imagine that the issue on economic cuts is a primarily false one.

Romney is praising Whitman as an economic miracle worker at the same time she is destroying jobs at her company… but not cutting the export of these American jobs to China.Why is he not criticizing Whitman rather than supporting her?

Can you buy an office?

Money and politics… this section of an article in reason.com by Tim Cavanaugh is worth reading. Go to the site to finish it.
clipped from reason.com
After We Hose Meg Whitman‘s Remains Off the Sidewalk, Can We Admit that Money Does Not Buy Elections?
What happens if you spend $141 million and nothing comes of it?

Nothing, of course!

Before autumn officially began, Republican candidate for California governor Meg Whitman had
already broken
the personal-spending record for American political campaigns.
Whitman’s personal campaign contribution reached $109 million in September, American democracy staggered. When her total campaign spending topped $140 million earlier this month, the Washington Post‘s Karen Tumulty was unable to enjoy the state’s sunny climate due to the “gale force” of Whitman’s spending; Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore put his bowling-ball wit into a
fake attack ad
; and L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez wrote something I didn’t actually read, but I’m sure it was full of spritely and righteous bemusement.
And yet Whitman is almost certainly going to lose on Tuesday.
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And take a look at Linda McMahon in Connecticut. It doesn’t look like money is going to buy that one either.

Stats on California from this morning’s LA Times…

Looks like Jerry Brown is going to be Governor again…
clipped from www.latimes.com
Jerry Brown’s lead doubles in a month; little change in Senate race

Defections from Meg Whitman‘s ranks on the part of women, Latinos and nonpartisan voters have fueled a surge by Jerry Brown in the race for governor, according to a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll.

 

The shift comes after a tumultuous month for the Republican candidate that has led some voters to question her veracity and her handling of accusations by an illegal immigrant housekeeper.

 

Brown, the Democratic attorney general and former governor, led Whitman 52% to 39% among likely voters, the poll found. His advantage has more than doubled since a Times/USC poll in September.
The abrupt movement in the race for governor came as Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer held onto her 8-point margin over Republican Carly Fiorina in the U.S. Senate contest. Boxer’s 50% to 42% lead was statistically unchanged from September’s 51% to 43% edge.
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Things are firmly in Brown’s Corner in California

Whitman was ahead of the game up until a week or so ago… now it looks like she’ll have her head and her millions handed to her as Brown pulls ahead.

From HuffPo‘s daily summary:

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com

California Governor: Two New Polls Confirm Brown Rebound

Two new automated surveys on the California governors race confirm that Democrat Jerry Brown now narrowly leads Republican Meg Whitman by a narrow margin. Other new surveys released over the last 24 hours show Richard Blumenthal‘s lead holding in Connecticut, reconfirm the razor close margin in the Illinois Senate race and present something of a puzzle on the Ohio governor’s race.
In California, the latest automated poll from SurveyUSA shows Brown leading by four percentage points (47% to 43%), while an update from Rasmussen Reports has Brown ahead by five (49% to 44%).

While our standard trend estimate now shows Brown leading narrowly (46.2% to 44.6%), our more sensitive trend lines appear to more accurately capture the recent data and show Brown leading seven percentage points (48.8% to 41.8%).
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